Board member takes on global role to fight cancer

Prof Jeff Dunn
Professor Jeff Dunn

A West Moreton Health Board member who is driving improvements in cancer control and survivorship has been recognised at the international level for his leadership and advocacy.

Professor Jeff Dunn AO has become President of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and will play a leading role to reduce the global cancer burden and ensure cancer control continues to be a priority in world health and development.

Prof Dunn, a behavioural scientist and cancer control expert, is also Chief of Mission and Head of Research at the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Chair of Cancer Survivorship at the University of Southern Queensland. He joined the West Moreton Health Board in 2018 and is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Research Committee.

He said as UICC President he would be engaging world leaders, policy makers, and professionals in adopting quality standards of care in universal systems of practice, to ensure that those who are living with cancer are living well.

“As president, I will continue to devote my time to addressing the health and wellbeing of our community, to prevent cancer when we can and to support those diagnosed when it strikes,” Prof Dunn said.

“Timely, targeted action is key, building on historical efforts to harness our collective capacity and inspire action towards our goal of a 25 per cent reduction in premature mortality by 2025 and realisation of the 2020 World Health Organisation’s global strategy for the elimination of cervical cancer.

“Above all, my presidency will be guided by the patient voice – listening to the needs of our community and making sure they are heard.”

West Moreton Board Chair Michael Willis said he was proud to see the positive difference Prof Dunn made to the lives of people impacted by cancer in West Moreton and around the world.

“Cancer is a major cause of illness in our community and has a significant social and economic impact on individuals, families, and the community,” Mr Willis said.

“As President of UICC, Professor Dunn will play a leading role in helping the local and world community develop strategies and actions to combat the disease and improve survivorship outcomes.”